Key did not visit NZ farm hub video

Awassi ewes at the Dammam, Saudi Arabia,  farm of Saudi businessman Hamood Al Khalaf.

PM John Key recently met the Saudi businessman who wanted to sue NZ for $20-30m but did not visit the farm hub.

ANZ censured over swaps

The country's biggest bank also paid $19 million in compensation to customers.

High Court censure for breaching the Fair Trading Act concludes the bank's settlement.

Crop yields hold up

Warren Darling credits favourable weather, growing management changes and a great team behind him for breaking the world record for the highest yielding barley crop.

Cropping farmers are managing to maintain much the same grain yields as five years ago on a shrinking land base.

Drought brings out the good

Hard hit farmers have removed as much as half of their breeding flocks from properties around Cheviot to ease the drought pressure.

Good comes from bad as people rally around those feeling the heat of the North Canterbury drought.

Once-a-day milking suits

Greg Topless, holding three-year-old daughter Faith, and wife Hannah milked their herd once a day in their first season of ownership of a dairy farm at Strathmore, east of Stratford.

New dairy farm owners thrilled with their decision to milk their herd once a day.

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opinion

Education the key to farm safety

Jane Ward from Colyton, Manawatu, learns safe quad bike riding with David Skiffington from FarmSafe.

OPINION: A punitive approach to farm safety will not work, writes Federated Farmers' Katie Milne.

Better off at Pak 'n' Save?

OPINION: A positive attitude is all very well and good but if the money ain't there, you can't last very long.

Rural communities face challenge

Dairy industry critics need to tell both sides

Fieldays

A world class agribusiness event

As many as 125,000 visitors are expected to flock to the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek this year.

The countdown is on to this year's New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays.

Young farmer has big future plans

James Robertson has some big aspirations.

Six-time Timbersports World Champion, Jason Wynyard (Auckland), demonstrates his chainsaw skills at the Fieldays.

Chainsaws at the ready

Festival of Logging celebrates all things to do with chainsaws and has been a firm fixture at the Fieldays for more than 20 years.

dairy

Once-a-day milking suits

Greg Topless, holding three-year-old daughter Faith, and wife Hannah milked their herd once a day in their first season of ownership of a dairy farm at Strathmore, east of Stratford.

New dairy farm owners thrilled with their decision to milk their herd once a day.

Grim times for dairy farmers

It was the news every Waikato dairy farmer feared and had braced for.

Dairy industry experts say lower milk payouts will leave farmers needing to borrow to survive.

Debt likely for dairy farmers

Dairy industry experts say lower milk payouts will leave farmers needing to borrow to survive.

advice

A balanced budget

Many owner operators in dairying could be facing a loss of 35 cents to $1.35 cents a kilogram of milk solids for the year ending May 2016, says Pita Alexander.

Minimising losses is just as important as maximising profits.

Being prepared provides protection

It was a grim day. Pebbles rushed to hospital as soon as she could, after hearing Freddy had suffered an accident on the farm.

John Brosnan recommends farmers adopt a zero tolerance policy for illegal drugs on their farm.

Zero tolerance against drugs

A zero tolerance policy on illegal drugs touted as a farm owner's best defence against this growing problem.

aquaculture

Uncertainty for marine farmers

A mussel farm in the Marlborough Sounds.

Forty years after it started in the Sounds, marine farming remains a source of pride and controversy.

Growing a good idea

Being a business owner isn't what most 17-year-olds are thinking about. But Georgia Lala isn't like most teenagers.

The Sanford mussel processing plant in Havelock.

Havelock Sanford's only South Island factory

Sanford's mussel plant in Havelock is the seafood company's only South Island factory following the closure of its operation in Christchurch.

beef

Bull operation set to expand

Te Mania stock manager Will Wilding with Beef Expo champion of champion bull Te Mania Jonah in the ring.

Expansion plans for Te Mania bull operation follow top competition results.

'Incredi-bull' breeder into hall of fame

An elite breeding bull has been recognised as one of the best by being inducted into LIC's prestigious Hall of Fame.

Queensland police have uncovered allegedly stolen cattle gallstones from a property in Toowoomba.

Valuable cattle gallstones stolen and recovered

A man has been arrested in Australia and charged with stealing cattle gallstones.

Sheep

Sheep billboards bring hope video

5:36 PM  The North Canterbury farmer who arranges his sheep into roadside billboards talks about the drought, and puts his sheep to work.

Perendale farmers gather for annual conference

Perendale sheep breeders gather in Waikato for the breed society's annual conference.

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully.

Bribery claim over Saudi farm deal

Opposition MPs are labelling a $4 million payment to a Saudi businessman a "bribe".

cropping

Crop yields hold up on shrinking land

Warren Darling credits favourable weather, growing management changes and a great team behind him for breaking the world record for the highest yielding barley crop.

Cropping farmers are managing to maintain much the same grain yields as five years ago on a shrinking land base.

Vege planting postponed again

Vegetable growers in Kapiti and Horowhenua have been hit by wet weather for the second year in a row.

Mike Porter, the new Federated Farmers grain and seed chairman for South Canterbury.

New grain, seed chairman wants to do his bit

Lyalldale mixed cropping farmer Mike Porter claims he's "mildly obsessive compulsive."

agribusiness

PM visited Saudi Arabia but not NZ farm hub video

Awassi ewes at the Dammam, Saudi Arabia,  farm of Saudi businessman Hamood Al Khalaf.

PM John Key recently met the Saudi businessman who wanted to sue NZ for $20-30m.

Drought brings out the good

From bad often comes good as people rally around Cheviot farmers feeling the heat of the North Canterbury drought.

The country's biggest bank also paid $19 million in compensation to customers.

ANZ censured over swaps

High Court censure for breaching the Fair Trading Act concludes the bank's settlement.

Discovery

Research offers pneumonia hope

A lamb shows typical signs of pneumonia. Note that it is hollow, has droopy head and ears and looks lethargic.

Northland ram breeder Gordon Levet suspects that sheep farmers have been unconsciously selecting for resistance to pneumonia.

Greenhouse gas breakthrough

NZ scientists identify animal-safe compounds that can reduce methane emissions from sheep and cattle by up to 90 per cent.

Much of the work in the Wairarapa Anthelmintic Trial was done by host farmers and volunteers, who contributed labour, stock and resources on eight commercial scale properties.

Study casts doubts on long-acting drenches

Three-years of independent trials cast doubts on the effectiveness of long-acting sheep drenches.

rural women

She's 17, and running a farm video

Louisa McClintock, 17, works fulltime on her grandfather Graham McClintock's 2500-hectare sheep and beef property Stratholme, north of Cheviot.

Louisa McClintock is just 17 but is farming a dry north Canterbury farm with her 80-year-old grandfather.

Kahlia gets the job done

A career in agribusiness management is the goal of a Lincoln University student whose reputation as a hard worker goes before her. She speaks with Kate Taylor.

DairyNZ animal husbandry extension specialist Anna Irwin demonstrates the use of a captive bolt during a Dairy Women's Network animal welfare workshop at Wreys Bush.

Farmers schooled on animal welfare

Tough new animal welfare laws are on the horizon, but Southland dairy farmers are working to ensure they’re ahead of the game.

Video

Sheep billboards bring hope

The North Canterbury farmer who arranges his sheep into roadside billboards talks about the drought, and puts his sheep to work.

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